Fine Arts, Music, and Dance
Lauren Anderson, Vocal & Piano, Department Chair
Jessica McCoskey, Instrumental Music
Nicole Woods, Orchestra
Erika Brown, Dance
Diana Rossi, Art & Photography
Darren Schulke, Art
Kelly Washington, Art
The Visual Arts Department teaches students how to develop a visual voice to speak about their lives. Experiences and lessons help students learn how art can improve their ability to communicate ideas and feelings about their world. Lessons combine examples from art history and culture with creative experiences to express themselves visually. The department offers a wide variety of course selections from traditional drawing, painting, and sculpture to the more cutting-edge art forms like computer art and photography.
Students create, evaluate, and make connections between the visual arts and other disciplines. Lessons are based on Big Ideas that transcend art and make connections to the greater world. Opportunities are provided for students to explore arts' place in the working world. At the same time, the Art Department supports students preparing for an art career as well as those who simply want to experience art.
The Art Room is a plce where students feel safe to try new ideas and express feelings in productive ways. The Art Room is a haven where students can believe in themselves. Art can be transformative, enlightening, and fun.
The Brandywine High School Music Department provides students with great vocal and instrumental music ensembles. Kids get the opportunity to perform in seasonal concerts and special events. BHS also offers supporting classes in music like Music Theory and MIDI technology classes.
BHS wants our students to develop as musicians both individually or as part of an ensemble. Our students are able to read music and have a working knowledge of music theory and composition.
Our faculty teaches music with different styles. They focus on historical and cultural styles that are the roots of today's music.
We aim to build a community of musicians. At BHS students belong, work together, and have fun. We always encourage our students to contribute to the Brandywine culture and community through music.
The Dance Department offers a wide variety of classes including Exploratory Dance, Ballet, and Jazz. Dance education begins with an awareness of body movement and its potential for self-expression. Students do exercises and movements designed to teach them the practical applications and the creative interpretation of dance. Students learn that techniques, attention to the nuances of movement, and artistic discipline help them create more powerful and professional expressions.
The development of BHS's courses is based on State and National Dance Standards. This makes sure that high academic expectations of knowledge and performance is taught. Students learn that dance is the product of intentional and well though physical actions. Students learn about historical and cultural dance. They develop their ability to evaluate and assess dance.
Most of all, they learn that dance can be fun. It is learning in the most open and engaging environment.